From the Chief

The Harbor Police Department has collectively accomplished many of our goals while serving with Honor, Pride, and Dedication in 2023. We could not have done this without the commitment and contributions of our officers and staff who have gone above and beyond to protect the Port’s gateway, tenants, and community.

This year, HPD launched a robust recruitment campaign highlighting our department as a unique maritime law enforcement agency. The campaign included a new website, billboards throughout our jurisdiction, robust social media, and a recruitment video that showcased the many facets of the department. I’m happy to report that due to these efforts we have recruited a number of new officers to join our ranks.

In addition, we continue to make technological advancements that help our officers and improve operational efficiencies. Advancements such as body-worn cameras, enhanced laptops, investments into cybersecurity protocols, and upgrades to our Maritime Security Operations Center (MSOC) will support our officers as they safeguard the gateway.

While our focus remains steadfast on providing superior customer service to meet the needs of the Port’s tenants and the public, we recognize the importance of giving back to the community we serve. I am proud of our community engagement efforts this year, which we will continue in 2024. This year officers participated in RiverWorks Discovery’s Who Works the Rivers event educating over 200 high school students from our jurisdiction about the role our officers play in protecting the gateway. Our annual Toy Drive helped to support local organizations through toy donations for underprivileged children this holiday season. These activities and more help to extend our reach and actively engage with our community as we bring awareness to HPD’s role in maritime security within the region.

For 2024 my goal is to build on the strides we have made as an agency attracting new recruits and enhancing training by ensuring our officers are equipped with the best tools and practices. I feel truly fortunate to have the opportunity to represent the Harbor Police Department and our dedicated officers. Their dedication, devotion, professionalism and unwavering commitment are truly what distinguishes our agency. I am inspired by the lengths we have come to make this department great and remain unwavering in continuing this momentum into the New Year and beyond.

Chief Melanie Montroll